Lockhart v. McCree: Supreme Court Rules a 'Death Qualified' Jury Isn't Unconstitutional

Lockhart v. McCree: Supreme Court Rules a 'Death Qualified' Jury Isn't Unconstitutional

Lockhart v. McCree

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Decided: Lockhart v. McCree - The U.S. Supreme Court rules that a "death qualified" jury does not violate a defendant's right to an impartial jury under the Sixth Amendment. A "death qualified" jury is one in which all the jurors are willing to apply capital punishment.

According to the American Psychological Association, juries which have been selected on the basis of being willing to impose the death penalty are much more likely to convict a defendant in the first place.

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